WordPress is one of the best means for artists, designers and photographers to present their visual work online, with powerful tools for creating sites with a strong sense of professionalism. There are masses of themes available on the Internet that can be downloaded and tailored to suit any kind of portfolio niche, effectively sharing material with a target audience. This post brings together 20 of the best portfolio themes currently available, both premium and free, to enable any creative practioner to set up an online showcase of their work.
Premium WordPress Portfolio Themes:
This beautiful portfolio from Organic Themes is the perfect platform for showcasing art, design, photography or any type of creative image in a highly professional looking site. The template offers options for one, two or three-column design, two colour schemes, and includes an options page for customisation. The theme is both attractive and co-operative, allowing the content to speak for itself through a great interface.
This premium theme is specifically aimed at presenting photography for portfolios and photoblogs. The clean, minimalist design offers the best surroundings in which to present images, and the layout allows for 30 to 40 photo posts to be featured on the homepage with no need to scroll through individual pages. The Themes Option Page is simple and intuitive to use, offering a number of options for personalisation.
Lumin is a stylish gallery-style theme for showcasing creative images of any kind. The highly professional looking theme is created in a CMS style, allowing for page-based layout with separate gallery and blog sections. The built-in Theme Options page offers users complete control over content and configuration, and the theme comes in a choice of three colour schemes.
Space Color is a great portfolio theme for showcasing any type of visual work in a minimalist environment. The simplicity of presentation means that the theme can be applied to a range of different purposes including personal blogs or small business sites. Space Color is designed to be lightweight, fast loading, and features an advanced theme panel for flexible customisation.
L’Image theme allows photographers to create professional websites in which to showcase their work. The layout presents images in categorised galleries, and users can upload new images quickly by simply creating a new post. The front page showcases a selection of latest photographs in an attractive grid, and four-level dropdown menus offer visitors easy navigation. The theme also features a blog page template and advanced options panel.
This extremely elegant and minimal portfolio theme is aimed at artists and other creative workers to present images and blog content. The intuitive design features a fully widgetized homepage with drag-and-drop functionality and a special Flickr widget.
Elegance is an understated yet beautiful minimalist portfolio theme, with simple typography and layout for ease of use and a clean aesthetic. The theme features a fully widgetized homepage, two unique widgets, customisable coding and full SEO compatibility.
This theme is aimed at anyone who wants to transform their website into a photo gallery, integrating image presentation with blog pages. ePhoto is fully widget and gravatar ready, features a smooth tab-less design and theme option panel for personalisation including the choice of two colour schemes.
The Landscape theme is designed for the Genesis Theme Framework, and is ideal for creating photography, art or design gallery websites. The theme offers a featured slider to appear on the homepage, integrated blog and various post and page options with a choice of six layouts.
Sophisticated Folio is a premium theme that can be used for a variety of presentation purposes including art and design portfolios, photo galleries or personal and business blogs. The theme boasts plenty of custom widget and page templates, an intuitive and easy-to-use theme options panel and a choice of 10 colour schemes.
Impulse is a great theme for creative portfolios, personal blogs, image galleries and other applications. The design features four different page templates and a choice of three stylish colour schemes: blue, dark and silver. Other theme features include a JQuery slider, custom fonts for headers, unique widgets, dynamic image cropping for thumbnails and compact drop-down menus.
Exposure is a theme created specifically for photo blogging niches, offering complete control over image galleries. The attractive home page is powered by high-quality widgets; the layout offers straightforward page navigation, built-in sliders, dynamic thumbnail re-sizing and a theme control panel options including the choice 22 different colour schemes.
Free WordPress Portfolio Themes:
Aesthete is a free theme with a distinctive style inspired by the art of the Renaissance and the Classical World. The layout is perfect for creating portfolio sites, and includes all the essential tools such as catalogue functionality, threaded comments, custom header and footer, and support for a variety of plug-ins.
F8 Lite is a brilliant image-orientated theme designed for setting up photography and multimedia portfolios. The theme presents images in a one-column format on a white background with all the focus is on the visual content.
Ministry Free is the free version of the premium Ministry Theme, and as such shares similar style and functionality. The layout is perfect for portfolios and blogs, minimalist and clutter-free, with plenty of white space and great typography helping direct visitor’s attention to the important content.
Viewport is designed around the concept of presenting images and posts in a scrolling horizontal timeline, inline loading of posts, pages, images and multimedia elements. The design features widget-enabled sidebar, post controls and allows the user to change background image and colour, and the image for the ‘Where Next?’ page.
Phantom is a lightweight minimalist theme aimed at gallery, portfolio and business presentation niches. The three-column design is stylishly dark and is widget-ready, Feedburner integrated, and very easy to customize.
Grace is a sophisticated and minimal theme for photoblogs and image galleries. The subtle colour scheme and large format presentation window makes the most of photographic images, and while it works perfectly in its default settings, there are a number for options for customisation.
Foto Folio is a fantastic portfolio theme for showcasing photographs and other visual media. The theme is extremely easy to set up and use, automatically resizes images for thumbnails and previews; offers customisable theme options, editable homepage slideshow, and blog and news features.
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